Washington Medical Marijuana

Washington Medical Marijuana Regulations

The ballot initiative I-692 in Washington has done away with criminal penalties for the possession, cultivation and use of medical cannabis by individuals for purely medical purposes. The patients are required to suffer from a debilitating medical condition and needs to possess documentation from the physician stating that the patient is suffering from a medical condition which can be treated by the therapeutic properties of cannabis.

State Laws and Regulations

A qualifying patient along with his caregiver is allowed to possess up to 24 ounces of marijuana with 15 matured plants.

Medical Marijuana Qualification

In November 1998 the Measure 692 was approved by 59% of the voters which has done away with the criminal penalties associated with the use possession and cultivation of the substance by patients who have a valid prescription from their attending physician stating that he is suffering from a medical condition which can be treated with the medicinal properties of cannabis. However patients possessing a substantial quantity of cannabis than the amount approved by the state would receive legal protection under the medical cannabis law of the state provided that they present some evidence suggesting that such amounts are required by them to treat their disease adequately. Learn more about the Washington WA medical marijuana qualifications here.

How to become a qualified patient

  • In order to qualify for medical cannabis in Washington the patients firstly needs to be a resident of Washington with a valid ID proof of residency.
  • Next the patient needs to obtain a copy of his medical reports where his qualifying medical condition is indicated. These records should be brought by the patients on the day of his marijuana evaluation appointment.
  • The patient needs to possess a formal statement signed by his physician who is licensed to practice medicine in the state.

Diseases which can be treated with the use of cannabis

Patients who have been diagnosed with the following diseases would be protected by the medical marijuana law of Washington:

  • HIV, Cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, seizures and spasticity disorders.
  • Chronic or acute Glaucoma.
  • Extreme pain.
  • Hepatitis C
  • Any other disease like anorexia which might lead to vomiting, loss of appetite, cramps, spasms, seizures and spasticity, only when they cannot be relieved by standard procedures.

Access to medical marijuana via Marijuana Cards

There are many medical marijuana patients who think that they have a legal prescription from a doctor to access cannabis but however most of these prescriptions are not legal. Explore the ways in which to get a Washington medical marijuana card.  Cannabis is classified as schedule 1 drug by the federal government. Therefore doctors are not allowed to just prescribe cannabis for their patients and patients can’t just walk into a pharmacy and ask for medical marijuana. The marijuana doctors need to give a medical cannabis recommendation to their patients which should be in compliance with the laws of Washington.

Patients along with their caregivers can possess up to 60 days supply of marijuana and can grow up to 15 plants as mentioned above. However they don’t have any rights for distributing or selling the substance.

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